WHY COVID 19 TRIVE MORE AMONG THE ELDERLY
by Yen Express
Jul 3, 2020
As at first July, 2020 Nigeria has over 26,484 persons that have tested positive with the new corona virus, COVID 19. With about 603 deaths and 10,152 of the cases have been discharged.
Most of the cases are young people while many of the severe cases and deaths are seen in persons above 50 years. 3 out of every 5 patients that die due to COVID 19 are 50 and above, with more males affected than females. The severity of the disease is said to increase with age even among the elderly.
WHY THE ELDERLY
As we age, our immune system weakens. The level of production of cells of the immune system decline with about tenfold. This makes them more vulnerable to infections of all types. And any sort of challenge to the body can do more damage.
When the immune system gears up in older people, there is also a higher likelihood of a phenomenon called a cytokine storm. This is where the immune system overreacts and produces too many of the chemicals to fight an infection.
So you get a severe inflammatory reaction which has the potential to cause significant damage in the body, including organ failure.
Research has also shown that adults 60 and older, especially those with preexisting medical conditions, especially heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to be infected with coronavirus than other age groups. This is because most of this conditions also makes the immune system weak, thus giving the virus a fertile ground to thrive.
HOW TO PROTECT THE ELDERLY
The more closely sa person interact with infected people and the longer the interaction lasts the higher the risk of getting infected with the disease. As an elderly person don’t go out unless when necessary and when you do so observe all the precautionary measures.
The actions you take today to protect yourself as a young person also protect the elderly around you and in your society. Ensure you regularly wear a face mask, wash your hands regularly and maintain physical distancing.